Work Exchange

1:28pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Bilingual Bike Repair in Fruitvale

Entrance to the shop, with volunteer-painted sign. Inside: Kathleen Mills, Steven Hobdy and Morgan Kanninen
Photo by Jen Chien

Bike culture in the Bay Area runs the gamut, from high performance racing to hipster fixies. Keeping a bike can be an expensive hobby, and as with cars, some people use their bikes as an extension of their personal style.

At ColectíVelo, a community bike shop in East Oakland, bicycles are still seen for their primary purpose: transportation. The shop provides free space and tools, bike repair training in Spanish and English, and access to bicycles for those with low incomes.

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